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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Edinburgh Painter
ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Theseus and the Minotaur with Ariadne (?)
Reverse, Herakles battles an Amazon

This small neck-amphora shows Theseus slaying the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull who lived in the Labyrinth at Knossos. According to myth, Theseus, one of the seven young men offered as a sacrifice to the Minotaur, killed the beast and was rescued from the Labyrinth with the help of a string given to him by Ariadne, daughter of King Minos.
As Theseus began to represent many of the qualities Athenians thought important about their city, the subject of Theseus and the Minotaur became a popular scene in Athenian vase painting of the Archaic period.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Athenian Pottery: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(11): p. 256.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 16, New York: Plantin Press.

Haspels, Caroline Henriette Emilie. 1936. Attic Black-Figured Lekythoi. no. 78, p. 220, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 478, no. 7, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. Amazons in Greek Art. no. 48, p. 48, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Prof. Mary B. Moore. 1976. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 16. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 4. Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphorae, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Fascicule 4. pl. 48, 1-4, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Jacquemin, Anne and Jean-Jacques Maffre. 1986. "Nouveaux vases grecs de la collection Zénon Piéridès à Larnaca (Chypre)." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 110(1): p. 188.

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